Les Jones

Executive director

Les was the founding Board President of Family HomeStead in 1978; he has served as the Executive Director since 1991. Les brings 47 years of experience in social services, 39 years of experience in housing very low income people and 36 years of experience social services management and administration.


Paula Ruszel

Associate Executive Director

Paula has been with Family HomeStead for 17 years, first serving as a Case Manager, Director of Social Services and name Associate Executive Director in 2010. Paula brings 24 years of experience in social services, 18 years of experience in social services management and administration and 17 years of experience in working with families who are homeless. 


shalene Onyango

Director of Volunteers and Development

Shalene joined Family HomeStead in 2016 as the Director of Volunteers and Development. Shalene brings 14 years of experience in social services, 8 years of experience in non-profit management and 14 years of experience in community development and engagement and fundraising. 

family homestead board of directors

Board president

Mary Wessler

Board Vice President

William Sharrer

Board Secretary

Jenny Jacobs

Board Treasurer

William Sharrer

Executive director

Les Jones

Board Members EMeritus

Ed Drummond

Mimi Stone

Sandra Walling



Dave Arnolds

Will Bailey

Kevin Duffy

Scott Farrell

Dick Fullerton

Leah Langerman

Fredric J. Lewis

Jim Murphy

Bob Nicolls

Lisa Sutton